Do nurses do it better?

Rafferty, S.; Elborn, J. S.
August 2002
Thorax;Aug2002, Vol. 57 Issue 8, p659
Academic Journal
The article discusses about the role of respiratory nurse specialist (RNS) in secondary care. The remit of the RNS is clinical and consultative -- encompassing education, support, organisation of care, and the application of research. A recent systematic review in primary care concluded that nurse practitioners can provide high quality care for patients which is of similar quality to -- or better than -- that provided by general practitioners. In secondary care, it is less certain whether outpatient services can be provided by nurses. Studies in rheumatology and Parkinson's disease clinics show an equivalence between specialist nurse or nurse practitioner and specialist physician care.


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